All You Need To Know About Dental Filling Procedure

March 30, 2024
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Have you been experiencing a toothache that keeps you up at night? Chances are that it might be a cavity. If the cavity progresses, it can threaten the health of your natural tooth. The good news is that your dentist can save your tooth with a dental filling. In this blog, we will give step-by-step details of the dental filling procedure to help you prepare your mind before your appointment.

Step 1: Consultation and Oral Exam

The preliminary step of any dental treatment is a consultation. Your dentist will first discuss your concerns and take your dental history. They will then perform an oral exam to evaluate the condition of your teeth. If tooth cavities are present, we will determine which type of fillings will work best for you.

Step 2: Local Anesthesia

Before starting the process of dental fillings, your dentist will first administer a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. We will inject it near the damaged or decayed tooth. Once it takes effect within a few minutes, you won’t feel pain or sensitivity in that region.

Step 3: Preparing The Tooth

Your dentist will carefully remove the decayed part of the tooth with a drill or air abrasion tool. Only the damaged portion is removed, and as much healthy tooth enamel is preserved as possible. Metal fillings require extra preparation to ensure proper retention. However, composite fillings easily adhere to the tooth surface with the use of a bonding agent, preserving more of the tooth structure.

Step 4: Placing The Dental Filling

Your dentist will finalize which dental filling will best suit your oral needs. Metal fillings are typically reserved for posterior teeth only due to their unaesthetic appearance. However, composite or tooth-colored fillings are suitable for both anterior and posterior teeth. Your dentist will place the filling material, pack it in the cavity, and sculpt its edges to recreate the natural tooth shape.

Step 5: Setting The Filling

After placing a composite filling, your dentist will use a special light to cure the material. These fillings harden within a few seconds, while metal fillings may take longer.

Step 6: Finishing and Polishing

The final steps of the procedure involve finishing and polishing of the filling material. Your dentist will ask you to bite and check if there are any high spots. They will then smoothen and polish the surface to restore a lustrous appearance.

How Long Does The Procedure Take?

The overall procedure of dental filling may take 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the type of fillings and the number of teeth to be restored. Once the effect of anesthesia fades off after the procedure, you may experience slight pain or sensitivity. These symptoms are usually mild and resolve within a few hours.

To Sum Up

Now that you have a step-by-step guide to the dental filling procedure, you can prepare your mind for this treatment. For a professional consultation, visit Smile 360 Family Dentistry or call us at (909) 980-4878 for an appointment.

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